Managing Spontaneous Community Volunteers in Disasters: A Field Manual (Hardback)
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Managing Spontaneous Community Volunteers in Disasters: A Field Manual (Hardback)

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Hardback 323 Pages / Published: 25/04/2011
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While history has identified a need for improved coordination during emergencies, it has also demonstrated that community volunteers positively impact their neighborhoods during times of crisis. Laying out the rationale and process by which emergency managers, community leaders, and non-governmental aid organizations can effectively collaborate and integrate citizen response, Spontaneous Community Volunteers in Disasters explains how to engage, train, and utilize spontaneous unaffiliated community volunteers (SUCV).

The book prepares leaders to integrate local volunteers into any scale emergency response. Protocols and flexible management solutions are outlined to ensure safe and effective planning and execution. Work templates provided can be modified to suit the needs of any community. This accessible manual provides the tools to:

Assess your agency's role, tasks, and challenges to meet community needs in a disasterBuild a plan for managing SUCVs by developing internal and external protocolsDevelop effective spot screening and selection methodsEngage community members in information-sharing and outreach campaignsConsider policies and procedures that create relevant roles for volunteers and community groups to build a resilient team for disaster recoveryProvide National Incident Management System (NIMS) compliant answers to address common barriers to using SUCVs

Combining field experience and psychosocial research, the book makes a strong case as to why community involvement in disaster response will have a positive impact on a community's resilient recovery.

Praise for Spontaneous Community Volunteers in Disasters:

All emergency management coordinators can benefit from this book.
-Howard Butt, New Jersey State Police, State CERT Coordinator

Lisa Orloff has done an excellent job in both identifying a significant opportunity in emergency response and meticulously outlining how that opportunity can best be leveraged.
-Dr. Michael Chumer, New Jersey Institute of Technology

The Alliance for Nonprofit Management has nominated the book for the Terry McAdam Award. This award is bestowed upon the Committee's choice for the most inspirational and useful new book published for the nonprofit sector.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
ISBN: 9781439818336
Number of pages: 323
Weight: 590 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 25 mm


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The role of the volunteer is becoming more important in the planning, development, and implementation of an effective emergency response. World Cares Center's training on how to best utilize spontaneous volunteers has made New Jersey better prepared to address this issue and maximize the value that these volunteers contribute to response and recovery efforts. All emergency management coordinators can benefit from this book.
-Howard Butt, New Jersey State Police, State CERT Coordinator

Lisa Orloff has done an excellent job in both identifying a significant opportunity in emergency response and meticulously outlining how that opportunity can best be leveraged. Spontaneous volunteers are vital to the success of an emergency response, and, as such, they must be harnessed and led in a planned, focused manner. The author should be commended for articulating this opportunity and packaging it in a manner that benefits the entire emergency response effort.
-Dr. Michael Chumer, New Jersey Institute of Technology

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